- Audio CD (24 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wea
- ASIN: B000NQR7UC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Gainsbourg's voice is not a strident, confident and trained instrument, but her subtle, tender, and at times timid delivery is very engaging. She was apparently so nervous at times recording the album that she sang from beneath a sheet. She need not have worried.
The duo that form Air provide the soundtrack, while Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon provide the lyrics. All have excelled themselves: the melodies are gorgeous, at times swooping and exultant, at times minimal and delicate; the lyrics are subtle and beguiling.
From first listening it struck me that this album is one of those collaborations that rarely comes along, which is pure magic. The chemistry between the collaborators was obviously just right, and has resulted in a fine creation.
Tracks such as "The Songs We Sing" are as good as anything I've heard this year, and anything on "Moon Safari". There are one or two that aren't quite as compelling ("Beauty Mark") but overall this is an album I'm delighted to have come across!!
However, if you're looking for vocal pyrotechnics, look elsewhere - Charlotte Gainsbourg has inherited from her mother a breathy, dreamy voice, sometimes barely above a whisper. But her style is suited by the material to a tee. The music of Air has the same ethereal, unearthly quality that transcends mere chillout and transports the listener to another time and place. The stand out track for me is Everything I Cannot See - a haunting melody that stayed in my head for hours afterwards.
It is a thing of great beauty, maybe too laid back for its own good, but the delicate piano rhythms and Gainsbourg's voice work for the most part to perfection. To my wife, the more commercial side reminded her to some degree of Dido, though many other fine female singers may also spring to mind. I wonder how well Ms Gainsbourg would perform with jazz material, too. A fine debut album, promising much for her future career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A woman who will not be pigeonholed. Interesting collection and collaboration.Published 17 months ago by Raymond O'Donnell
A great pop album. A lot has been written about Charlotte's voice lacking strength but there is such a pleasing gentleness about it that suits the songs very well. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by Matt G
I took a chance on this album, not having heard any of Charlotte Gainsbourg's material previously. I'm pleased I did. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2012 by G. Witham
I bought this because I am a HUGE fan of AIR and so it was a 'must have' especially with such great reviews here on Amazon, but I didn't know what to expect. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2010 by Ellie G.
Before listening to her third album, IRM, I was first introduced to Charlotte Gainsbourg's singing talents with this album, co-written with the french group AIR. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2010 by Omnes
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For those always on the listen for someting different - this is a beautiful album,... Read more
Bought this on impulse and was pleasantly surprised. The lyrics are OK if a little pretentious at times, but its the overall atmospherics that are produced by Charlotte's breathy... Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2009 by The Apple God
She cannot sing.,fact!..so she whispers instead, now for the opening track it's o.k. but buy the time you have heard all the album (if you have not already pressed eject) you want... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2009 by K. L. Smith